CAT&Docs Catalog



* CPH:DOX 2021
* Hot Docs - World Showcase
* Krakow goEast


* Golden Eye for Best Documentary - Zurich Film Festival
    - The jury was convinced by "the strong visual storytelling and intimate observational filmmaking without judgement of a complex, courageous character. Both the filmmaker and the main protagonist share an overwhelming perseverance."
*El Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Film - El Gouna Film Festival

Life of Ivanna

Category |Human Interest, Kids, Social Issues, Women
Year | 2021
Country | Russia, Norway, Finland, Estonia
Running time | 77’
Format | Full HD
Production | Ethnofund Film Company LLC, Ten Thousand Images AS, Illume OY Company
Director | Renato Borrayo Serrano

Ivanna, a 26-year-old mother of five children, is living in the Arctic region in the northwest Siberia. She lives a traditional nomadic life, driving her herd of reindeer at the tundra like her family did for centuries. But due to the environmental side effects of the climate change most of her reindeers are dying and she know that she will soon be ruined and forced to make a dramatic decision. Her husband, Gena, has already left the family. He moved to the city, hoping to find a job as an oilworker in the Russian oil fields but didn’t succeed and spend his time drinking and fighting. Ivanna is willing to give her marriage a last chance. She will give up her traditional life, leave the tundra, move to the city and get a job at Gazprom. But time has changed, Gena became violent and alcoholic and Ivanna realizes that the civilized city life is not what she expected.

But there are no way back, Ivanna will have to take life in her own hands and secure a future for her and her five children. The film follows Ivanna and her family closely for four years through her dramatic lifechanges, from the harsh life at the tundra to the modern life in the Siberian city of Norilsk.


Life of Ivanna